Myanmar Country Study 2016

This country study should provide a clear and concise picture of the industry, labour law, labour conditions and industrial relations within the textile/garment industry. The study is prepared through gathering information about national laws and local stakeholders’ view on labour issues in the garment industry in Myanmar.

Chapter 2, General country information, describes the economic, social, political, and governance situation as well as the general human rights situation, using international indicators and comparing the country to other garment producing countries.

Chapter 3, Stakeholders, briefly presents the main stakeholders that are active in the garment/textile industry. The focus is on stakeholders which have an actual impact on labour conditions or play an active role in monitoring the situation for workers in the industry. This chapter serves as a reference point for stakeholders and brands that want to engage with or consult a local stakeholder to find further information or help concerning their activities in Myanmar.

Chapter 4, Garment industry, presents an overview of the situation for the garment industry in Myanmar, areas of production, products and prospects for the industry.

Chapter 5, Industrial relations, describes the trade union situation in the country, both in general and specifically for the garment industry. This chapter gives important information for understanding how well challenges regarding working conditions could be handled through the country’s social dialogue, and how they currently are.

In Chapter 6, Implementation of the FWF Code of Labour Practices, the implementation of every standard of the FWF Code of Labour Practices is assessed through official statistics on compliance (where available), laws and regulations, as well as different stakeholders views on implementation. Auditors and brands can use this section as a reference resource for their monitoring activities.

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